Proceedings Magazine - February 2001 Vol. 127/2/1,176

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As a mobile, sea-based containment force, the U.S. Navy will continue to play an important role in the nation's foreign policy, but its missions will mirror the clustered...



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  • Top Ten Post-Cold War Myths
    By Thomas P. M. Barnett and Henry H. Gaffney Jr.

    As a mobile, sea-based containment force, the U.S. Navy will continue to play an important role in the nation's foreign policy, but its missions will mirror the clustered responses in Iraq and Yugoslavia, not the obsolete...

  • The Navy Can't Be Their Last Resort
    By Quartermaster First Class Christopher Briem, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Recruiting is as tough as ever; it may get worse in the future. To attract today’s youth, the Navy must be ready to give sailors the educational opportunities and skills they want while they serve—instead of...

  • An Epiphany of Sacrifice
    By Electronics Technician First Class Mark D. Cochenour II, U.S. Navy

    Being a young sailor isn't easy. "In the Navy" is not the hip refrain it once was. Remembering what those who gave their lives for their country were fighting for, however, can affect profoundly even those in the...

  • A Blanket for My Rack?
    By Intelligence Specialist First Class Melissa R. Milich, U.S Naval Reserve

    Being able to keep warm when it's cold outside shouldn't be a matter of rank. Making sure that the people under your command are taken care of is a sacrifice everyone should be able to make.

    "Did you...

  • How to Capture a Rebel Warship
    By Jim Bampfield

    A slave working at a Charleston shipyard learned the ropes sufficiently to sneak a Confederate ship—the Planter—past Fort Sumter and into Union hands. His exploits thrust him into the national spotlight as a war hero, and...

  • Lest We Forget: Ashland (LSD-1)
    By Eric Wertheim

    The dock landing ship Ashland (LSD-1) was the first of a new class of amphibious warships. Commissioned on 5 June 1943, she was sent to Pearl Harbor in August. The Ashland sailed with Task Force 52 and took part in the Marshall...

  • Strategic Agility, Operational Reach, and Tactical Flexibility
    By General James L. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps

    The U.S. armed forces traditionally-perhaps even justifiably-have been criticized for invariably preparing for the last war. The Marine Corps pleads innocent to that accusation.

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Iraqis Turn to PlayStation

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Harding the Cole"

    (See J. Cushman, p. 2, January 2001 Proceedings)

    Commander Randall G. Bowdish, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, USS Simpson (FFG-56)-It is refreshing sometimes to hear commentary from outside the lifelines...

  • Tragedy Update
    By Norman Polmar

    In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole (DDG-67), two U.S. investigations have been most critical of security lapses at several levels of command, including some 30 "force protection" measures that the...

  • The Super Hornet Solution
    By Lieutenant Commander Don Braswell, USN

    By meeting the Navy's projected requirements with no cost overruns, the Super Hornet (F/A-18E/F, top) is the most cost-effective bridge from the F/A-18C/D to the Joint Strike Fighter.

    Eight years have passed since the U.S. Navy...

  • Airborne Electronic Attack: What's Next?
    By Commander Allan J. Assel, USN

    The recent crisis over the skies of Kosovo and Serbia highlighted the importance of airborne electronic attack. EA-6B Prowlers from the Navy, Marine Corps, and the Naval Reserve were embedded in all of the strike packages that participated in the...

  • Let's Take Stand-off Jamming to the Next Level
    By Captain D. H. Krieger, USN (Ret.)

    Since the earliest introduction of radar into the air defense equation, there have been continuing efforts at electronic countermeasures.

  • Service before Self
    By Commander Joseph A. Gattuso Jr., USN (Ret.), and Lori Tanner

    Webster's defines service as: "[from the Latin servitium condition of a slave, body of slaves, fr. Servus slave]. 1 a: the occupation or function of serving b: employment as a servant 2 a: the work performed by one that serves < good...

  • Manning DD-21
    By Commander John P. Cordle, USN

    DD-21's design teams and technicians are sparing no expense in crafting a revolutionary new ship. The way the Navy mans its ships must undergo a revolution as well.

  • Think Dual-Capable Platforms
    By Captain James H. Patton Jr., USN (Ret.)

    High on the defense policy agenda of the new administration should be a review of the nation's strategic nuclear forces. Indeed, the Fiscal Year 2001 Defense Authorization Conference Bill on Strategic Forces directed the Secretary of Defense...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Don't Slam the Door on Our Youth
    By Commander Emery Haskell, U.S. Naval Reserve

    An unfortunate event occurred this past summer of 2000 that is both insightful and disturbing. Members of U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corp units, sponsored by the Navy League, were unable to locate their annual New England Regional Boot Camp at its...

  • One Helo Does NOT Fit All
    By Lieutenant Commander Mark Beddoes, U.S. Navy and Lieutenant Charles McKinney, U.S. Navy

    During the 1999 Kosovo crisis, more than 2.3 million pounds of cargo and 3,000 passengers were moved by the Navy's long-range heavy-lift helicopter, the MH-53E. The current Navy Helicopter Master Plan (HMP) calls for its retirement and...

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Search and Rescue
    By Lieutenant Christopher Bish, U.S. Coast Guard

    The U.S. armed forces used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the Vietnam War, when the Teledyne Ryan AGM-34 was deployed for reconnaissance, surveillance, and electronic intelligence-gathering tasks. Since then, ship-- and ground-launched...

  • PC Gaming and Simulation Supports Training
    By Captain David S. Coleman, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    Gaming has been used for naval training and concept development since the 19th century. However, the term has taken a new meaning within the past few years as the Navy and Marine Corps have discovered the value of applying commercial personal...

  • Hatch a New Breed of Gator
    By Commander T. J. McKearney, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The recent unfortunate loss of the USS LaMoure County (LST-1194) on the desolate rocks off Chile moves our dwindling LST fleet one step closer to the history books. As the U.S. Navy amphibious force has dwindled to some 36 ships, the 12...

  • Missile Defense Exposes Real Fears
    By Robert J. Peterson

    Last July, a U.S. prototype anti-ballistic missile weapon failed to destroy its target, a Minuteman ballistic missile, thereby causing President Clinton to make the politically pragmatic decision to pass on to the next administration the tough...

  • Book Reviews

    The Bear and the Dragon

    Tom Clancy. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2000. 1,028 pp. $28.95 ($26.05).

    Hong Kong

    Stephen Coonts. New York: St. Martin's, 2000. 348 pp. $25.95 ($23.35).

    Reviewed by Commander Ward...

  • U.S. Coast Guard: Setting Records - the Hard Way
    By Norman Polmar

    Aviation records usually are established in clear weather, with pilot (and crew) and aircraft carefully primed for establishing the new mark. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard-the smallest U.S. military service with the smallest air arm-rarely...

  • Oceans: Nautilus: What's in a Name?
    By Don Walsh

    For two centuries submarines have carried the name "Nautilus." Nearly every one represented new design and operational concepts. The first Nautilus was built in France in 1800. Constructed by the American inventor Robert Fulton, she was...

  • Points of Interest: Housing Allowance Reform Continues into New Year
    By Tom Philpott

    Before leaving the Pentagon in January 2001, Defense Secretary William Cohen made good on his promise to launch a major reform of basic allowances for housing (BAH) for 748,000 service members living off base in the United States.

    But it...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Algerian Navy's 18-year-old, Russian-built Koni-class (Project 1159) frigate Rais Korfo was sent to St. Petersburg, Russia, in the spring of 1997 for a modernization overhaul originally to have been completed in August 1998. Russian...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Why Rush Unmanned Combat Vehicles?
    By Captain Kenneth G. Krech, U.S. Navy

    In the Fiscal Year 2001 Defense Authorization Bill Congress sent a significant challenge to the services: "It shall be a goal of the Armed Forces to achieve the fielding of unmanned, remotely controlled technology such that (1) by 2010, one-...

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